Breast Enlargement Frequently Asked Questions

Breast enlargement surgery is a common procedure performed at our plastic surgery practice to help women attain curvier, more feminine figures. Dr. Darrell Perkins is a knowledgeable Plastic Surgeon who is always on hand to address any questions or concerns a patient has. Below are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions that our patients from Sydney and across New South Wales have regarding breast enlargement. If you have additional questions that are not listed, please do not hesitate to contact our practice. We are more than happy to answer all of your questions and help you schedule an initial consultation for breast enlargement surgery.

Will I need to be hospitalised after my breast enlargement surgery?

Breast enlargement is usually performed as day surgery. Most patients do very well and make a good, quick recovery. If a patient does wish to stay in hospital after her breast enlargement procedure, this is certainly possible, although there are no Medicare or Health Fund rebates associated with a purely cosmetic augmentation.

For patients with congenital breast asymmetry and abnormalities, breast enlargement surgery does attract Medicare item numbers, which provides great savings in the overall costs of the procedure.

How long does it take to recover from breast enlargement surgery?

Recovery from breast enlargement surgery is governed to some degree by whether the implant is placed on top of or below the muscle. Patients with breast implants placed below the muscle may experience more discomfort for a longer amount of time.

In general terms, though, breast enlargement patients are able to return to their normal non-physical activities comfortably one to two weeks after surgery. Return to full normal activities, such as going to the gym, may take as much as six weeks, but generally the recovery is well tolerated.

What are the possible complications of breast enlargement surgery?

The most feared complication of breast enlargement surgery is an infection around the implant. This is the case for any operation involving the implantation of a foreign body. Great care is taken to maintain the highest level of sterility during the breast enlargement procedure, and patients are routinely given antibiotics both before and after the operation. Fortunately, infection is a very rare complication, as are the vast majority of complications.

Other infrequent complications from breast enlargement surgery include a change in the sensation of the skin of the breast or under arm. Capsular contraction, which used to be a relatively common complication, is now extremely rare with the modern prostheses. In capsular contraction, the scar capsule that forms around the actual breast implant for some reason may be stimulated to contract and make the breast prosthesis feel hard, changing the shape of the breast. This is now seen in less than one percent of breast enlargement patients.

Can I still breastfeed after my breast enlargement?

When the breast implant is placed via the inframammary incision, the breast tissue itself is not actually touched. Instead, the breast tissue is pushed forward, thus there is no interference with the breast tissue. Because of this, it is very unlikely that breast enlargement surgery will in any way interfere with breastfeeding.

Will my breast enlargement procedure interfere with breast cancer detection?

All of the breast tissue lies in front of the breast implant, no matter what position it is placed in. Thus, any lump in the breast should be readily palpable. Mammograms can certainly be performed following breast enlargement surgery, although the radiographer should be informed that you have breast implants, and it is possible that an extra X-ray may be required to adequately view the breast tissue.

Studies have confirmed that breast cancer can be diagnosed and treated just as readily in the face of breast enlargement surgery as those women who have not had such an operation.

Interested in Breast Enlargement Surgery?

Dr. Darrell Perkins is a highly trained Plastic Surgeon who combines the latest techniques and technologies with an aesthetic eye to provide patients with natural-looking, beautiful augmentation results. Our practice serves patients from Sydney and throughout New South Wales. If you have additional questions about breast enlargement surgery not addressed above, please contact our practice to speak to our knowledgeable surgeon. We also offer facelift surgery, facial implant placement, dermal injectables, liposuction, abdominoplasty, and other procedures that can be used in a complete cosmetic makeover.